King Abdullah port's new 28 cranes to boost capacity to 5m TEU
SAUDI Arabia's King Abdullah Port recently received 28 state-of-the-art Liebherr cranes to start the expansion of the container terminals, which has been described as the largest commercial operation of its kind in the history of the nation
SAUDI Arabia's King Abdullah Port recently received 28 state-of-the-art Liebherr cranes to start the expansion of the container terminals, which has been described as the largest commercial operation of its kind in the history of the nation.
The expansion project was decided through a MoU signed with National Container Terminal on the day the port was officially inaugurated in the presence of the Crown Prince HRH Prince Mohammad bin Salman last February.
The technical teams are currently assembling the cranes and they are expected to begin operating at the beginning of next year as part of the first phase of the expansion of the container terminals, which will help raise the port's annual capacity to five million TEU; thereby effectively serving trade movement in Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea, the most important maritime trade corridor in the world, reports Thomson Reuters Zawya.
The new cranes include 20 gantry cranes and eight ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, which are the largest of their kind, with an outreach of 70 metres (25 rows) and a safe working load of 65 tonnes. The cranes that were supplied in this deal will join their operational counterparts in the port. They are the largest cranes exported by Liebherr and can serve mega container ships easily and seamlessly.
On the other hand, the gantry cranes can handle seven containers height and are characterised by a unique eight-rope reeving system as well as built-in, anti-sway and anti-skew features resulting in unparalleled rigidity and optimum productivity.
King Abdullah Port was ranked the second fastest-growing port in the world in 2018 by Alphaliner. The port's throughput increased from 1.7 million TEU in 2017 to 2.3 million TEU in 2018.